February 10, 2020 Subject:
Perhaps these writings will only be of interest to someone who had met Walt Kik, or who has a connection to wheat farming in the Big Bend country of eastern Washington. However, I think his work has merit on its own; it is unpretentious, concise, and sprinkled with homespun insights.
Here are some examples:
“Gramps started to get bugged when he saw what the grasshoppers were doing to his crops. He found a guy that didn’t mind grasshoppers, and sold him their farm.”
“When I got old enough to shave, all I could think about was how to raise wheat instead of heck.”
“(Their) wives’ brain power was weighed one notch lower by their ego-filled, hairy-chested husbands.”
“When Frank died, he was financially as naked as when Alice Marcellus bore him back in Jesse James’ country.”
“She sure did look different since all her equipment had arrived.”
“Ever since the crystal set days, my love affair with radio and TV may explain why I have a TV set in every room except the bathroom, and that’s because it’s just used mostly during the commercials.”
Walt Kik farmed wheat from the 1930’s to the 1970’s near Rocklyn, Washington. He was known for his free thinking and independent spirit, was a health enthusiast, and sponsored many youth clubs with his wife, Sugar. After retirement he wrote history columns for local newspapers, from which this book (the first of three) is compiled. I met Walt in 1971.